Jan 25, 2017

Unbound Book Review

Thank you to TLC Books for sponsoring this book review. 

SynopsisA young woman follows winter across five continents on a physical and spiritual journey that tests her body and soul, in this memoir, full of heart and courage, that speaks to the adventurousness in all of us.

Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women growing up, she emulated the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. She was accomplished. She was living "The Dream." But it wasn't her dream.
Then the universe caught her attention with a sign: Raise Restraining Device. Steph had seen this ski lift sign on countless occasions in the past, but the familiar words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built in a search for something different, something more.
Steph soon decided to walk away from the success and security she had worked long and hard to obtain. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand—and up and down the mountains of nine countries—on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.
What hiking was for Cheryl Strayed, skiing became for Steph: a crucible in which to crack open her life and get to the very center of herself. But she would have to break herself down—first physically, then emotionally—before she could start to rebuild. And it was through this journey that she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically.
Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, Unbound is Steph’s story—an odyssey of courage and self-discovery that, like Wild and Eat, Pray, Love, will inspire readers to remove their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.

My Thoughts: I was a huge fan of Wild and Eat, Pray, Love so I couldn't wait to start reading this epic journey of one persons dream. I adored the people she interacted and came across, their own personal stories as well as the various locations she visited. I've skied my entire life so the constant struggle to carry all of her luggage plus skis already seemed exhausting to me as skis can be such a hassle at times! 

I also adored the writing. Steph is a pretty witty individual and I found myself laughing out loud in various parts of the novel! I also appreciated how honest she was with her journey, her doubts, her excitement and her overall dream. If you're looking for a quick page turner, this novel is for you! I actually loaned it to a friend who knew nothing about skiing and she raved about it to another girlfriend! Take my word friends, you'll need to pick this up! 
Want to grab your own copy? Check it out here and find great reviews here and here. For more about the incredible author, find more about Steph here  or follow her on her Instagram
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  1. I'll have to check this book out - the plot sounds interesting! I also loved Eat Pray Love as well so this sounds right up my alley!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  2. People who take the plunge and follow their dreams like this are so inspiring to me.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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